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Emmanuel Akpakwu MFR Congratulates Benue Born James Nnaji on NBA Draft Pick & Spanish League Victory

June, 23 2023.

_Urges him to channel the spirit of Naija and the strength of Benue_

Republic of Philippines Consul to Nigeria and youth advocate, Emmanuel Akpakwu MFR has congratulated James Nnaji for being drafted in round one by the Boston Celtics during the NBA Draft event.

Akpakwu also felicitated with the rising star for winning the Spanish basketball league, with FC Barcelona, as his team defeated Real Madrid 93-82 points earlier this week.

In the early hours of Friday, Nnaji got picked by the Boston Celtics in the first round of the NBA Draft and he finally settled at Charlotte Hornets in a trade agreement.

Akpakwu said “we’re proud of James Nnaji, who is a shining light to the world and embodies the enterprising spirit of the Nigerian youth, as well as the strength of Benue people. We remain proud of his profund achievements and we know that the best phases of his career still lies ahead of him. We wish him the best in this next stage”.

Born in Makurdi, Benue state, Nnaji picked up basketball as a teenager in the middle belt state and has continue his meteoric rise to stardom, from Makurdi to Hungary, to Spain and now the NBA, in the USA.

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